NEWS + ADVICE
I’m Being Heavily Recruited, Why Do I Need to Consider Other Employers?
As someone in a cyber security degree program you may be in high demand from recruiters. You may have already received several job offers. That’s awesome confirmation that you’re studying a field that is in very high demand.
But you should still consider other employment options, and research and build your professional network. Here’s why:
The easy path isn’t always the right path. You may already have job offers from companies that have recruited you. That’s a great achievement. But look around at other companies so you can make sure the ones that want to hire you are right for you. Gather more information so you can make a more informed decision and find the right fit. Not all employers seeking your skills will be coming to campus. Particularly if you’re interested in considering a small- or mid-sized company. Or if you’re open to a variety of geographic areas.
You’re going to have many jobs in your life. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Baby Boomers held an average of 12 jobs between 18 and 48. Another recent study shows that 71% of college graduates stay in their first job after graduation for less than a year. That’s an eye-opener. So while it’s great that you may have already been offered a job, you’re most likely not going to be in that job for very long.
That means you need to develop familiarity with job search and networking tools and how to use them. Because you’re going to need them and likely sooner than you think. And remember, just because it may be easy to find another job in your profession, you want to make sure it’s the best job for you. So you need to put in some effort and research to make a strategic career decision.
To that end, there are two skills you’ll need in your job search tool kit that will be of great benefit to you.
- The most important career tool you should develop now is a professional network. Networks aren’t just for job search, although they’re very helpful for that too. You’ll be more successful throughout your career if you continually network, to find mentors, information and ideas. LinkedIn can be a great tool for networking and connecting with others professionally. So are BSides conferences. And GitHub. Get the idea? Networking means connecting with others and learning. It can take many forms, and the offline is as important, if not more so, than the online.
You’re not necessarily going to know when you need to call on your network in your career. You may walk in to work one morning to find you’re being laid off. Or your boss may suddenly leave and you find that your new boss just isn’t a good match for you. Or you may wake up one morning and realize that it’s time to move on because you’re not fulfilled. Whatever the situation may be, you’ll be in a better position to find a new job that’s right for you if you’ve kept up an active network of others who can help you find the best job for you.
- The easiest way to research a wide variety of positions and employers to understand what’s available in the marketplace is to look at a job board. It’s a more efficient process than looking at many, many different employer sites when you’re doing research.
Review employers and find companies that you didn’t even know existed. Find companies that might be doing the kind of work that really interests you or that have the type of work environment you’re seeking. Review jobs that companies are hiring for to understand the skills and certifications that are important, which vary by industry and organization. And you’ll no doubt find jobs that you may not have known existed too.
You’ll also find that some employers write beautiful, descriptive job postings that are really clear and helpful. And others…not so much. It’s all part of you getting a better understanding of what the options are for someone with your skill set and interests. You can do all this research without creating a profile. And it’s free.
But I Don’t Want to Be Hounded by Recruiters
We understand that some job seekers have skills that are in really high demand and others do not. Not to fear, you can do this discovery and learning without opening yourself up to employers contacting you if that’s a concern. You’re in charge and you control your visibility.
- You can view jobs on CyberSecJobs.com without creating a profile if you are worried about being pursued by too many recruiters. Looking is free.
- You do need to create a profile to apply for a job, but you can set your profile visibility to Private. That means your information is not included in the resume database searched by recruiters.
- You can set your profile to Public for a limited period of time to see which employers are interested in your skills. If you’re feeling inundated, simply reset the profile to Private so you’re no longer discoverable.
You control your profile settings, so you control your visibility.
You’re going to have many jobs in your career. And you’re no doubt going to make some bad choices in choosing jobs, just like you’ve made some bad dating choices. That’s why understanding the career tools that can help you solve those problems is so important to your future career success. Good luck!This entry was posted on Friday, January 20, 2017 4:15 pm